Equity & Social Justice Classes

American Ethnic Studies

American Ethnic Studies 119 (5 credits)

Survey of American Indian Studies

This course examines issues in American Indian Studies including native cultures, theories of American Indian origins, demographics, the formation of American Indian stereotypes, the resistance of Native peoples to racism and oppression, and contemporary issues (music, literature, health, etc.). Prerequisite: Concurrent or successful completion of ENGL& 101 recommended. Student option grading.


American Ethnic Studies 215/215 W (5 credits)

From Rhymes to Reason: The Culture of Hip Hop

This course examines the culture of hip hop from its South Bronx (NYC) beginnings in the early 1970s to its globalization. Students explore the musical, visual, spoken word and literary elements of hip hop. Topics include the role of race, class, gender, politics, appropriation and commodification. Student Option Grading.


American Ethnic Studies 238 (5 credits)

Tribal Government and Policy
This course will introduce fundamental concepts of history, development, structure, and politics of American Indian governments and federal Indian policy. The course will investigate and examine the legal and structural aspects of modern tribal governments and their impact on intra-governmental relationships and tribal citizens. Mandatory decimal grading. 


Gender & Women's Studies

Gender & Women's Studies 284 (5 credits)

Gender, Race and Class

This course explores the ways in which one's gender, race, class and sexual orientation affect access to, participation in, and treatment by a variety of social institutions. We study the legal system, education, and the media as well as actions to confront systems of oppression in the U.S. Dual listed as WOMEN 284. Student option grading.


Gender & Women's Studies 285 (5 credits)

Gender, Violence and Social Change

Study of current research and issues on the social, psychological, legal and political implications of gendered abuse, and instances when women are the majority of victims. Areas of study include child abuse, rape, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Dual listed as WOMEN 285. Formerly Women and Abuse. Previously IASTU 282. Prerequisite: Recommend ENGL& 101. Student option grading.


Gender & Women's Studies 286 (5 credits)

Women of Power

Students will study the relationship between women and power. Topics include barriers to acquiring power, strategies for obtaining power and uses of power. Students will research several powerful women. Emphasis is on class discussion and collaboration. Open to women and men. Dual listed as WOMEN 286. Previously IASTU 283. Prerequisite: Recommend ENGL& 101. Student option grading.


Multicultural Studies

Multicultural Studies 105 (5 credits)

Introduction to Multicultural Studies  

Students will develop a personal and historical understanding of issues related to race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities & culture; and how these issues are used in the distribution of power and privilege in the U.S. Previously IASTU 103. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.


Multicultural Studies 205 (5 credits)

Seminar in Social Justice

Students will engage in extended analyses of complex problems in social justice using a comparative approach. We will begin our analysis in the context of the US, and compare this context to issues of social justice in various other nations around the world. We will examine successful social movements in detail. We will develop specific projects to practice advocating for social justice in our spheres of influence. For this quarter we will focus on strategies for using technology in the service of social justice. Students will be required to do 15 hours of service learning in a setting which provides services to people in need. This can be done in one of a number of social service agencies, as long as students have direct contact with clients.


Multicultural Studies 210 (5 credits)

African Cultures

Survey of ancient, medieval and modern peoples of Africa. Emphasis on social, religious, political institutions and contributions of Africans to World Culture. Student option grading.


Multicultural Studies 250 (5 credits)

Fundamentalism Among the Children of Abraham

This course investigates religious fundamentalism within the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, with specific emphasis on the impact of contemporary Islamic fundamentalism and progressive Islamic doctrine. Prerequisite: Eligible for placement into ENGL& 101. Mandatory decimal grading.


Multicultural Studies 295 (5 credits)


Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. Previously IASTU 285.



History 215 (5 credits)

Women in U.S. History  

Examines U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present from the perspectives of women of various racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and explore show women helped shape U.S. history. Topics may include colonization, slavery, wars, western migration, employment, immigration, reform, and gender. Dual listed with GWS 215. Previously HIST 240. Mandatory decimal grading.


History 218 (5 credits)

American Environmental History

This course examines shifting attitudes toward nature during various historical periods by studying how North Americans attached meanings to the physical world and how humans reshaped landscapes and developed environmental policies. Mandatory decimal grading.


History 219 (5 credits)

American Indian History

This course examines diverse American Indian histories from before European contact to the present. Emphasis is placed on Indian-European cultural interactions, US-Indian policy development, and the roles Natives played to ensure their survival and cultural integrity into the 21st century. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 AND 102 Strongly Recommended. Student option grading.


History 245 (5 credits)

History of American Immigration

Multicultural study of immigration to the United States from the era of colonization to the present. Examination of the process of immigration and adaptation to life in the U.S., as well as reaction to immigrants by native-born Americans. Focus includes Asian, European, Latin American, and African immigrants. Dual listed as HIST 245. Prerequisite: Concurrent or successful completion of ENGL& 101 is recommended. Mandatory decimal grading.


History 246 (5 credits)

African-American  History:  Ancient Africa to Reconstruction

Survey of African Americans from the ancient African past to Reconstruction (1877). Emphasis on this people as an integral part of the growth and development of America. Focus on the heritage, struggles, social/political contributions and achievements. Previously IASTU 211. Dual listed as HIST 246. Transfers as a linked sequence course. Mandatory decimal grading.


History 247 (5 credits)

African-American History: Post Civil War to Present

Historical experience of African Americans, post Civil War to present day. Especially pertinent to the subject, the Civil Rights movement will be a major focal point in review. Dual listed as HIST 247. Transfers as a linked sequence course. Previously IASTU 212.


History 256 (5 credits)

Northwest Native American History

This course examines American Indian History of the Pacific Northwest Territory through cultural issues and conflicts, treaties and law, nature and ecology, and contemporary issues from an American Indian perspective. Dual listed with HIST 256. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101. Student option grading.